1. Teresa Dalton

    George, we started teaching the same year and it amazes me how true your statement is about relationships! In ’99 I worked in a school where parents did not seek relationships with teachers and it really hurt their child’s overall experience in school. Where I work now, relationships are key in the success and well-being of our students. I wholeheartedly agree, this profession is not successful without human relationships and cooperation!

  2. Inge Wassmann

    One of the best phrases I heard this summer was: “talk to people instead of about people”. It’s all about connections and it’s important to get to know the other person. I would even say it’s more important to get to know the other person’s point of view. Once we know their point of view, we can start connecting on a deeper level.
    Thanks, George! Loved this post.

  3. “There are no absolutes in education.” This is something I am so bad about — but at least I know about it so that I don’t act on the concept. Life would be so much easier if there were absolutes; leadership would be so much easier. This is such a human endeavor and remembering the emotional implications behind the choices we make for students and teachers is essential. Thanks George

  4. Kathy

    Thanks so much for this. It is as though you are in my building these days! You remind us of why we are in this amazing business. It is all about being in service to our kids. Blessings.

  5. Great post George.

    I’ve been doing some contemplation and reflection on the idea of absolutes in education as well this summer. What I’ve been interested in lately is challenging the idea that there is only one way, or even one best way, to set up a classroom, deliver instruction, etc. What’s driving me right now is learning more about our quiet kids, our introverts, who arguably today’s classrooms and learning environments aren’t optimally set up for.

    I’m an introvert, maquerading as a professional extrovert, and I think about the anxiety and stress that I would feel as an adult if I were to be thrust back into many of the classrooms and learning environments that are en vogue around the world today. I don’t believe that there’s anything wrong with me or my fellow introverts. The extroverted ideal at play in the West may have us believe that there is at times.

    As a dad of an introverted daughter I’ll be asking our schools to consider having spaces and places for the quiet and the contemplative to do their work, recharge, and think on their own.

    Thanks for reminding me that this is the right thing to do for my daughter and other quiet kids because “there are no absolutes” that should not be challenged for the well being and education of our kids.

    Thanks for

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